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2023 NFL Power Rankings: Week 1


With kickoff tomorrow, Week 1 2023 NFL power rankings are here. Because the league is filled with so much parity and we haven’t even seen teams on the field for real yet, the order could vary greatly for these. Also, I went a little deeper for each team in our 2023 NFL season preview, so I recommend checking that out; but I’ve put the biggest questions for all 32 teams here for the initial power rankings.

 

1. Kansas City Chiefs

How many games will Chris Jones miss, and will it be costly for playoff seeding?

 

2. Philadelphia Eagles

Can the Eagles be the first repeat NFC East champion since 2004 and again push for home playoff games at the tough-to-play Lincoln Financial Field?

 

3. Buffalo Bills

Can the Bills keep their stranglehold on the division with the three teams behind them making improvements?

 

4. Cincinnati Bengals

Will the Bengals defense keep performing at a high level in big games—and can they get a little more from the offense in January (and perhaps February) to match it?

 

5. San Francisco 49ers

Can Brock Purdy continue to mesh with an electric offense with Christian McCaffrey, Deebo Samuel, Brandon Aiyuk, and George Kittle and keep up his magical run?

 

6. Detroit Lions

Can the Lions shoulder the high expectations, both internally and externally?

 

7. Baltimore Ravens

How much does the prolific Lamar Jackson use his legs—still a massively dangerous weapon—in the new offense?

 

8. Dallas Cowboys

Will Dak Prescott get back to form and cut down on the interceptions after throwing 15 in 12 games last season?

 

9. Jacksonville Jaguars

Can former No. 1 pick Travon Walker emerge and form a top pass rushing duo with Josh Allen?

 

10. Los Angeles Chargers

Does the Chargers defense take a step into becoming closer to an elite unit in Year 3 under Brandon Staley?

 

11. Pittsburgh Steelers

Can the Steelers offense build on a strong summer and take the next step under Kenny Pickett?

 

12. Seattle Seahawks

The big question: Will the run defense hold up against top opponents in the NFC?

 

13. Miami Dolphins

Can Tua Tagovailoa and the Dolphins, who are already banged up, stay healthy—and do they have the depth to stay afloat if injury strikes to more star talent?

 

14. New York Jets

How will the Jets play early? If a slow start does indeed occur, will things unravel—or can they build momentum and ultimately click at the right time late in the season?

 

15. New England Patriots

Is the offensive line good enough to complement the other changes on offense—and does the roster have enough “juice” to compete for a championship?

 

16. Minnesota Vikings

Will the retooled roster have younger players step up at key positions?

 

17. New Orleans Saints

Can Alvin Kamara and Michael Thomas play closer to the level they did a few seasons ago?

 

18. New York Giants

Will the offensive additions make a well-coached Brian Daboll offense one of the NFL’s best to help avoid falling off?

 

19. Tennessee Titans

Will veteran pieces like Ryan Tannehill and DeAndre Hopkins perform at a level that gets the Titans fully back on track?

 

20. Green Bay Packers

Will Jordan Love continue a stretch of top quarterback play for the Packers?

 

21. Denver Broncos

Will Russell Wilson round back to form under Sean Payton?

 

22. Las Vegas Raiders

Can Jimmy Garoppolo stay healthy and keep winning games with his new team?

 

23. Cleveland Browns

Will the Browns become too pass happy and not feature Nick Chubb enough?

 

24. Washington Commanders

Will the Washington defense become a shutdown unit?

 

25. Atlanta Falcons

Is Desmond Ridder the franchise quarterback for the Falcons?

 

26. Carolina Panthers

Will the offensive line protect No. 1 pick Bryce Young?

 

27. Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Can the proud championship group—sans Tom Brady—fly around and become a top-five defense under Todd Bowles?

 

28. Chicago Bears

Will an elevated supporting cast help Justin Fields take the next step as a passer?

 

29. Los Angeles Rams

Can the Rams win shootouts if Matthew Stafford and Cooper Kupp are on the field?

 

30. Indianapolis Colts

Can Anthony Richardson immediately carry an offense that’ll be without Jonathan Taylor?

 

31. Houston Texans

How quickly can the accurate C.J. Stroud adjust to playing in an offense not as relatively talented as the one at OSU?

 

32. Arizona Cardinals

Are the Cardinals talented enough to avoid falling in big holes and play the style they want to?